"A landmark...If you have time to read only one book on the Bible this year, make sure that it is this one."--Katherine J. Dell, Church Times
"Excellent...With a sure touch, the authors lead the reader through the geopolitical context of the Hebrew Bible and the setting and background of the New Testament, finding something to say about practically every book's origins and development...The Bible is not a fixed entity, clearly delineated from all other writings, even though our culture tends to see it so."--John Barton, The Tablet
"An erudite history of 'How We Got the Bible' that addresses the key issues--historical backgrounds, oral traditions, ancient manuscripts, canon formation, and the books that were left out. Schmid and Schröter are expert guides along these rocky paths."--Bart Ehrman, author of How Jesus Became God
"A remarkable deep dive into foundational books whose origins are often taken for granted."--Publishers Weekly
In this revelatory account of the making of the foundational text of western civilization, a world-renowned scholar of the Hebrew scriptures joins a noted authority on the New Testament to write a new biography of the Book of Books, reconstructing Jewish and Christian scriptural histories and revealing the underappreciated contest between them.
The New Testament, they show, did not develop in the wake of an Old Testament set in stone. The two evolved in parallel, often in conversation with each other, ensuring a continuing mutual influence of Jewish and Christian traditions. A remarkable synthesis of the latest Old and New Testament scholarship, The Making of the Bible
is the most comprehensive history yet of the long, transformative journeys of these texts on route to inclusion in the holy books, revealing their buried lessons and secrets.